Month: September 2022

Top 12 Best Fall TV Series and Movies on Xfinity

If summer is about playing in the great outdoors, then fall is all about cuddling up in a cozy sweater with your pumpkin-spice everything and binge-watching your favorite TV shows and movies. Not sure what to stream from the comfort of your living room? We’ve teamed up with Comcast to share with you the 12 best movies and TV series this fall, as featured on Xfinity Discovery Hub.  What to Binge-Watch Fall 2022 The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Where to Watch: Prime Video Status: Series premiere on September 2 For Fans of fantasy dramas like House of the Dragon and Game of Thrones What to Know: Long live Middle-Earth! LOTR’s fantastical characters are here in series form with this take on the popular franchise based on J.R.R. Tolkie...

Does your child struggle with math? How to identify Dyscalculia

My daughter has long struggled with math. I still remember when she was learning to count to 20 in preschool and would always get hung up in the teens. Her problems augmented over the years and we spent a lot of money on tutors and additional aides. It was a joyous day when she took her final math class (for her and us!) It wasn’t until she was almost finished high school that I had a lightbulb moment when I attended a work event dedicated to learning about dyslexia, a learning disorder in reading. There was a brief mention of Dyscalculia, a learning disability to makes it hard for kids to understand and learn to do math.  So, when do math difficulties mean something more? A tremendous resource we used is The Dyscalculia Toolkit which helps leaners ages 6 to 14 who have difficul...

Rainbow Fentanyl: Looks like Sweet Tarts But This Opioid Kills

Let this be your sign to talk to your kids about FENTANYL. I have taken the deepest dive into this drug epidemic lately – which was spurred on by my own curiosity, due to the sudden uptick my husband was seeing in his law practice. He’s a criminal defense attorney. And this shiz is so serious. The risk is real. Here are a few points I wanna share: 🍬Currently the new look of this drug is called Rainbow Fentanyl; shown here in this photo. Made to look eerily similar to Sweet Tart candy. Deliberately designed to attract kids/teens – especially since it appears so harmless & innocent. 🍬It’s an OPIOID. It is 50-100x more deadly (and addicting) than heroin, morphine, & oxycontin. 🍬It’s also super cheap to produce; giving dealers even bigger margins of profit. 🍬It has no smell...

Deals: National Coffee Day Discounts, Wienermobile in Denver, Prime Early Access Sale

I like a good coffee drink – but I’m not sure if I love it for the taste of the coffee or the things that I put in it. PSL anyone? This last week I tried WhatIf Food’s BamNut Milk in my coffee. I like to test the milk alternatives and this one was pretty good. It was creamy milk made with Bamnuts. The taste was better than a lot of the nut milk we’ve tried and BamNuts are better for the environment as they are regenerative. They also sent me noodles that my daughter liked – and said, “they are better than ramen.” Which is a high compliment from her as she loves ramen.   Amazon Prime. Yeah, yeah, Amazon Prime Day was earlier this year. However, the new sale on Amazon is Prime Early Access Sale. The sale will take place Tuesday, October 11 & Wednesday, October 12. Amazon says t...

Girlfriend Getaway: Colorado’s Best Wellness Retreats for Moms

Do you need a break from life’s stresses (and maybe even your kids?) Grab your girlfriends for a wellness getaway to a hot springs spa. A sound bath. A yoga retreat. Or maybe an aromatics farm. Colorado.com has rounded up some fabulous girls trips in Colorado! Also, don’t miss Colorado’s unique wellness getaways, retreats, programs and clubs. Restorative Retreats Zee Clarke Tibetan Sound Baths, Denver Worries melt away with sound baths where the golden tones of Tibetan singing bowls align your chakras and get those theta brainwaves humming. You’ll leave these sessions smiling like you know the answers to life’s mysteries. (Please tell us if you do.)  Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa, Moffat Book a few nights at the cozy two-bedroom Casita for a secluded sanct...

Don’t Miss Denver Zoo’s Wild Fall and Trick-or-Treat Trail

The Denver Zoo’s longstanding tradition “Boo at the Zoo” was replaced by “Wild Fall” last year and it looks like the new event is still going strong in 2022. Trick-or-Treat Trail will return as well on select evenings in October.  For the entire month of October, Denver Zoo will transform into Colorado’s wildest destination for fall adventure and exploration. As guests wander around the Zoo throughout the day, they’ll discover the creatures that inhabit their imaginations come to life—from mysterious beasts of lore like Bigfoot to dragons, sea monsters and more. The experience continues with roaming costumed characters, creature-carved pumpkins, festive food and drink, and special animal demos that connect these supernatural beings to the real-life natura...

Confessions of a (former) perfectionist mom

No one really talks about how challenging the transition from perfectionist to parent can be. Or how parenting as a perfectionist can consume so much of the energy you don’t have. Before motherhood, I was a perfectionist in many aspects of my life. I am slowly transitioning out of it, but I will likely always carry some of the traits. This adds a layer of difficulty to the already, at times, difficult season which is early motherhood. And it’s not surprising really is it? Perfectionism demands us to be perfect; parenting requires us to embrace imperfect. The two are not meant to work together. But knowing this doesn’t always make it easier does it? It’s hard when you are triggered easily. Triggered by mess, noise, and the unfinished. Triggered by the imperfect parenting moments. Triggered ...

Denver Deals: Giant Pumpkin Festival, Harvest Day & Fall Fun

It seems like there are so many “fast casual” places to eat these days. Just serve me my food in a place to sit. That concept was all turned on it’s head for me when my daughter and I went to Mici’s newest location at Southglenn. The manager [and owner] were there. They made suggestions on their popular pizzas and what salad would go with and don’t forget the cannoli and gelato. They made a point to stop by our table to see how it was (this was not something they did just for us as we watched them do this to several other tables). They say Italians are about the food and about the best food you can get is to get invited to an Italian Kitchen. This is the closest thing fast casual can do for that! Also, don’t miss our guides to Denver’s Best Pumpin Patches & Corn Mazes and&n...

Fall Family Fun: Denver’s Best Pumpkin Patches & Corn Mazes

Fall is FUN in Denver and we have rounded up Colorado’s best pumpkin patches, corn mazes, fall colors, petting zoos, hayrides and so much more.  Also, while you’re enjoying fall in Colorado, be sure to check out our guide to Colorado’s Best Fall Colors: Best drives, hikes, ghost towns and farms and Ultimate Guide to Fall in Colorado.  Denver’s Best Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes Anderson Farms, Erie: One of Colorado’s longest-running corn mazes and U-pick pumpkin patches also features a zombie paintball hunt, gourd launching and much more. September 21- October 31, 2022. Colorado Pumpkin Patch, Monument. This 41-acre farm is filled with fun that includes jumping pillows, 80-foot straw slides, steer head roping, a straw maze, duck races, large tube swings, outdoor ...

When a child loses a special person: how this Denver non-profit turns pain into hope

Sydney was only seven years old when he lost his father suddenly in a car accident. A bright, happy-go-lucky kid at home and at school, Sydney was cheerful and friendly with classmates and adults alike. After losing his father, Sydney became withdrawn and quiet, as though his spirit had dimmed. He was no longer interested in playing with friends, became disengaged at school, and stopped showing interest in the toys, books and games that he once approached with enthusiasm and joy. He began lashing out at his mom and showing other signs of anger that were uncharacteristic of his personality.  Without intervention, childhood bereavement can have lasting detrimental effects Sydney’s story represents the pain and suffering children can encounter following a significant loss.  As the C...

Oktoberfest in Denver: Family-friendly Events with Bavarian Fun

Denver has several Oktoberfests around town so you can get your fill of pretzels and Bavarian fun. Plus, most are kid-friendly! The Denver Oktoberfest September 16-18; September 23-25 The Denver Oktoberfest has been a staple two-weekend festival in Downtown Denver since 1969. From keg bowling to stein hoisting,  a costume contest, long dog derby, live music and more, there’s something here for Oktoberfest pros and first-timers. So grab your stein, throw on your lederhosen and join them. Larimer and 21st in the Ballpark District. thedenveroktoberfest.com Castle Rock Oktoberfest September 17, 1-9 p.m. Downtown Castle Rock will celebrate the Castle Rock Oktoberfest on September 17 from 1-9 pm. Enjoy Colorado’s finest breweries, food trucks and family fun including an 18 ft. Backyar...

Denver Deals: Fall Fest, Longest Hopscotch Game, Oktoberfest & More!

When someone asks me what my favorite dessert is, I almost always answer ‘fruit’ because honestly, I love a palisade peach, a Jonathan apple (only available in late Sept/early oct), a pear in the fall. But barring that – I will ALWAYS pick ice cream. Some days I love to try a new flavor and some days I return to my favorite (I’m talking about cake batter).  VanLeeuwan Ice Cream. A couple of years ago, I did a summer-long ice cream tour of some of Denver’s best local ice cream shops (my daughter thought Little Man was the winner while I liked the Inventing Room). Van Leeuwan is not local – but it should definitely be on your list of must-visit ice cream shops. They open their first Colorado location at Larimer Square on September 15 with $1 scoops from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. They are well kn...

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